2008_08_lomong.jpgLast night during the opening ceremonies in Beijing, the U.S. flag was carried by Lopez Lomong, one of the "Lost Boys of Sudan" who now hails from the upstate town Tully, NY. Governor Paterson issued a statement on his web site praising Lomong for not only "the joy and dedication he brings to the sport, but because of the amazing story of how he came to represent our State and Nation." Lomong is one of 75 other Olympians part of a group called Team Darfur that seeks increased recognition of the situation in his homeland. Once having fled from bullets all the way across the Sudanese border to Kenya, he will run in the 1500-meter event in Beijing.